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Can Best Buy's New Marketplace Poach Amazon's Sales?

Best Buy is taking its best shot at stealing some online market share from Amazon.com with a completely new service meant to challenge the world's largest e-commerce company. Best Buy Marketplace will substantially increase the number of products available at the Best Buy website.

Confidential Memo: Walmart Sales in Trouble

A confidential memo obtained by Bloomberg reveals some big concerns at Walmart -- its U.S. sales, particularly at stores open at least a year, are in big trouble. It's the latest in a long list of bad news for the domestic chain and will certainly put more pressure on CEO Mike Duke.

Walmart's Grocery Delivery Service a Bad Idea?

Like any number of retailers before it, Walmart has decided to experiment with the home delivery of groceries. The "Walmart To Go" service, which is being tested in San Jose, Calif., offers goods similar to those available from other Internet-based home-delivery services like Fresh Direct.

Stocks Snap Losing Streak as Oil Prices Stabilize

It was a rough (even if short) week on Wall Street. But at least it ended on an up-note after losing more than 300 points in the previous three days. Stabilizing oil prices and bargain-hunting helped stem the slide.

Stocks Plunge and Oil Spikes
on Libya Turmoil

The Dow suffered a steep triple-digit loss Tuesday as turmoil in Libya ignited a global sell-off in stocks. Oil prices rose sharply, as did safe-haven assets such as Treasurys and the dollar. Disappointing news from Walmart didn't help matters.

Wall Street Is Bracing
for a Rocky Week

Deadly clashes in Libya sent shockwaves through various markets yesterday, setting the stage for more turbulence in the sessions ahead. Gold and oil have already spiked higher on world markets, and U.S. investors will also see some big earnings and economic reports.

Week in Preview: Retail Earnings in the Spotlight

Many of America's best-known retailers, including Walmart, Home Depot and JCPenney, will be stepping into the earnings spotlight this week. Their reports come on the heels of disappointing January retail sales numbers from the Commerce Department.

Coke Takes the Fizz out of Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway liquidated its positions in a number of high-profile companies during the fourth quarter, but the Oracle of Omaha's huge stake in Coca-Cola has caused his portfolio to lose its fizz so far in 2011.

Face-Off on Stocks: Walgreen, CVS, Rite Aid

Not everyone is happy about the mild start to the cold-and-flu season. The nation's drugstore chains, already under pricing pressure from Walmart and each other, would be happier if the rest of us had coughs and sniffles. Here are bull and bear cases for the three big chains.

Walmart to Launch Small 'Hypermarkets' in China

Walmart will tackle the rural and poorer sections of China with small stores that are easy and cheap to build. The model is based to some extent on facilities the world's largest retailer operates in Mexico.

Dow Dives 178 Points on Fears China May Hike Rates

The Dow tumbled Tuesday 178 points, or 1.6%, to close at 11,024 as part of a global sell-off in stocks fueled by further speculation that China will hike interest rates to fight inflation and renewed worries over the wobbly finances of Ireland, Portugal and Greece.

The Market's Next Likely Catalyst: Holiday Sales

Beyond the next series of economic indicators, what really matters now is a strong holiday selling season. If it materializes, that could pole-vault the market to new highs, making 12,000 on the Dow by year-end well within reach.

Planet Walmart: Five Big Facts About a Giant

Walmart sales beat every other company's by a mile, but did you know that if Walmart were an army it would be bigger than Russia's and North Korea's combined? How do its revenues as national GDP stack up? How many miles will its truckers drive this year? Here's your chance to find out.

Face-Off on Stocks: Costco, BJ's, Wal-Mart

Retail stocks tend to rise ahead of other sectors in the early stages of an economic recovery, and so far, following a familiar pattern, both up-market and discount chains have benefited at the expense of middle-market players. So is this the time to buy stock in wholesale clubs?

Hope for Holiday Retail Sales

Holiday sales will rise an estimated 2.3% this year, according to forecasts from the National Retail Federation. It may not sound like much, but it will be a victory for retailers if they can enjoy their first decent year since 2007.

Seven Bosses We'd Like to See Go Undercover

It's great fun to see big-shot CEOs get out of their corner offices on the TV hit, Undercover Boss. But it would be even more fun to see America's true corporate titans on the show. We imagine undercover assignments for Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, BP's Bob Dudley and others.

Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Bonus Hurt by Kin Failure

The tech giant's board gave Steve Ballmer high marks for the move into cloud computing and the successful releases of several server and enterprise software products. But his bonus took a hit due to the unsuccessful launch of the Kin handset.